Failure is not an option, so they say.
What “they” do not tell us is, without failure you will likely not achieve much success.
I know you are sitting there having just read the opening to this post saying, what the hell are you talking about Jim?
Well, what I am talking about is, failure is an essential part of any success, including life, and we should not let it discourage us or scare us.
Instead we should embrace failure, failure is how business’s grow, failure is how writers become published authors, failure is how garage bands become signed world touring bands.
Failure is how we learn, its that simple.
Just look at a baby learning to stand
a baby will stand up and then promptly fall down, he or she just failed at standing.
The baby will do this over and over until he or she finally learns to stand on his or her own two feet.
Albert Einstein who is arguably the smartest and most successful scientist in the history of the world, did not learn how to speak until he was four years old.
Mr Einstein didn’t read until he was seven. One of his teacher’s described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.”
Einstein was expelled, he was refused admittance to Zurich Polytechnic School. The University of Bern dismissed his Ph.D. dissertation as being irrelevant and fanciful, FAIL, FAIL, FAIL, FAIL.
Then E=mc2 and he achieved great success.
Dr. Seuss, one of, if not the biggest author of children’s books, wrote his first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street”
this book was rejected by twenty-seven publishers, FAIL.
Then Vanguard Press published it and sold six million copies of the book, lets do the math, carry the one SUCCESS!!!
Failure does not have to be the end of what we are trying to achieve, in fact we only truly fail when we give up.
I have failed, I failed at landing a writing gig, did I let it stop me, no I did not.
I have a children’s story book I am currently working on and I can’t wait to let you read it.
When it is finished, I will query publishing agents and I will fail, but I will continue to look for a publisher and in the end I will find success.
Failure is just the starting point for success,
Failure just means you had the guts to try.